Life Changing Events

Life Changing Events

  Life Changing Events         We’ve had a few life changing events in our life. The birth of children and the passing of parents are at the top of the list. Nothing compares to this most recent event. The illness of a spouse, however short in length it may be, tops all. It changes a couple. Suddenly those things that were important become a narrowed list. Oh beloved. God wants you to know this morning that even in the midst of your life changing events He is with you. He never changes. He never leaves you. You …

Even A Sandwich

Even A Sandwich

    Even A Sandwich     It’s always true that it’s a small world. One of our nurses was born and raised in a town near where we live. Her dad owned the local teenage hangout that all of us went to back in the 70’s. You could say we hit it off. Yesterday I was looking online thinking about supper. I thought about ordering something and having it delivered to me. I saw Jason’s deli and remembered how good a muffuletta sandwich is. But then I thought how silly it would be to have just a sandwich delivered …

Do You Have Some Questions?

Do You Have Some Questions?

  Do You Have Some Questions?       We had to attend a stroke education meeting. As I looked around the room feeling very uncomfortable I tried to pretend I did not belong there. Just then I heard the voice of another woman pierce the quiet conversation of the teacher. “Excuse me. I have some questions. Who sent me here? I don’t belong here. I did not sign up for this.” Oh beloved can you relate? When we sign up for this life of faith it looks pretty easy. After all we aren’t being burned at the stake nor …

Conforming Discomfort

Conforming Discomfort

    Conforming Discomfort       Each night as we prepared for sleep in rehab, I would get my pillow and blanket. I draped it across the “recliner” and then I pushed and pulled to get settled in. One night I was just right when Danny realized he needed something. It was no inconvenience though because I love him and I have much to be thankful for. Oh beloved. Life has been quite comfortable hasn’t it? You’ve enjoyed restful nights and calm days. But now you’ve been removed from your nest. What does God want? Why has He allowed …

Time Wasters

Time Wasters

    Time Wasters       We didn’t have much time to waste. Danny was in the facility to learn as much as possible quickly. His goal was to walk out of there and he concentrated on that and made effort to do so. How he walked and how he stepped had to be done right so that he wouldn’t learn a poor way of walking that would cause him problems later. You and I don’t have any time to waste either. There is much to learn in the Kingdom and we need to be as ready as ever. …

Joyful Call to Worship

Joyful Call to Worship

  Joyful Call to Worship       We hadn’t been in a church building in nearly a month with hospital and then rehab hospital. But we had church. Fellowship with Jesus becomes so much sweeter when He’s all you have to hold onto. Danny and I have watched more music videos from VTN and enjoyed various preachers. We also took communion together after hearing a televised pastor talk about the importance of it. Just like at our wedding it was just the two of us – only with cranberry juice and saltines. It was the most touching event I’ve …

Trust Jesus or Not

Trust Jesus or Not

We traveled to Little Rock on May 6th. This was my first devotional to write sitting with my husband in a hospital room. We’d never done this before. It was not my plan to have a wild ride via ambulance. Nor to be spending the night in a hospital. But here we are. We have two choices – trust Jesus or not. Oh beloved, things may not be going the way you want. You may have prayed fervently for a different situation. The Lord wants you to know this day that you have nothing to worry about. He will always …

Constant Communication

Constant Communication

Communication with my husband is interesting at this time to say the least. This couple who is used to morning and evening talks as well as all through the day is learning new ways to get our words understood. Body language is becoming more important as words don’t simply flow right now. We find that it’s important to focus on each other for health and healing. Oh beloved, whatever issues of life you are dealing with you can have constant communication available with the Lord. As you learn to rely on Him you will be getting your cues from Holy …

Stand Firm

Stand Firm

Danny’s first visit by a physical therapist involved a belt. It was so colorful. It reminded me of a belt Danny had in the 70’s. The therapist put it around Danny and then they stood up together. Huge victory! He was standing firm. I now find myself having to stand firm. And I realize that it’s in the big mountains of life where we learn to stand the most firmly. Oh beloved, this is no ordinary day. This is the day when you can stand firm in your faith. You can stand for righteousness. You can stand against evil. And …

Concentrate and Breathe

Concentrate and Breathe

Danny is being asked to concentrate a lot lately. It is hard work. But it is producing results. Sometimes he finds he is holding His breath and the visiting therapist will say breathe! I have had to remind myself more than once during all this to just breathe. And to concentrate. Concentrate on Danny. And most of all God’s Word and His faithfulness to it. Oh beloved, God is with you and He is telling you that you don’t have to hold your breath. He also says now is the time to concentrate. Remind yourself what the Word says. That’s …

Help From the Sanctuary

Help From the Sanctuary

Most days in hospital were pretty easy. One particular evening was rough though. Changes were made to help in the healing process. It was a low moment especially for me. But God being God and full of love and goodness He allowed me to see the reality of the Scripture “He sends help from the Sanctuary”. Think about this!!!!!! An angel in the form of a night nurse from Nigeria came in and took his vitals and then began praying over Danny for healing and touching Him and praying the most amazing peaceful prayer I’ve ever heard.  Then she prophesied …

Ask God For a Word

Ask God For a Word

When we were dating I could hardly wait each day to hear Danny’s voice. Before cell phones I would have to wait till evening each day. I have loved his voice for many years now. On the second morning in hospital I asked him for a word. He quickly whispered “beauty for ashes”. Oh beloved, God whispers to you this morning those words as well. You might be mourning a situation today but God will make something beautiful. This exchange of our lives doesn’t come from happier situations it comes right in the middle of the worst. And it only …